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    Aug. 1 “The Taffetas” opens at Salem Theatre Company Theater in Salem. www.salemtheatre.com

    Aug. 7 “Wicked” opens at the Boston Opera House. www.ticketmaster.com

    Aug. 9 Maroon 5 at Comcast Center in Mansfield. www.livenation.com

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    Aug. 10 Vince Gill at South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset. www.themusiccircus.org

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    Aug. 13-15 National Poetry Slam at Johnny D’s in Somerville. www.johnnyds.com

    Aug. 16 Kurt Elling at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. www.rockportmusic.org

    The Four Freshmen at the Center for Arts in Natick. www.natickarts.org

    Aug. 17 John Mayer (below) at Comcast Center in Mansfield. www.livenation.com

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    Aug. 18 Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls at Comcast Center in Mansfield. www.livenation.com

    Aug. 19 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with special guest Josh Ritter at Tanglewood in Lenox. www.tanglewood.org

    Aug. 20 “Cats” opens at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. www.nsmt.org

    Aug. 21 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at House of Blues. www.livenation.com

    JUNE WULFF